Who was Korivos?

Who was Korivos?

Korivos the medal was a humble baker and athlete of Elis, who won the race in a stadium in the first recorded Olympic Games in 776 BC .. This struggle was the only athletics event in first 13 Olympiads and was Korivos the first recorded Olympic champion. The tomb was located at the border of Elis and on it there was an inscription referring to the victory afti.Tafos excavated near the confluence Alpheus and Erymanthos south of the village of White Houses, presumed to be the tomb of Korivos.

The Korivos he once identified with Korivos hero, person of Greek mythology.

The simple race, the “stage” was the first sport introduced. Until the 15th Olympics athletes who took part wore a short skirt, and later fought completely naked inspiration Orsippou from Megara winner of the 15th Olympic Games (720pch), demonstrating their performance in the War walking and jogging. End point was that the prize were, while the spectators were standing right and left along the sandy path length was six hundred Olympic feet (approx. 192 meters). Athletes compete in teams of four. The individual winners competed against each other, also in groups of four.

Part of the treatment of young people was continued practicing in the street that took place in the “Scratch” or “paradromida” of high school, in a that long corridor which was without incident, smooth (fore-end) and sufficiently wide to accommodate series athletes young .
As the 13th Olympiad (728 p. X.) The stage was the only event in Olympia.

The matter was so great that each Olympiad took its name from the career winner. Thus, for example, the Korivos the first stadionikis from Elis, gave his name to the first Olympics in 776 BC (Korivos).

According to tradition, Hercules ancestor of the founder of Ilia was the first who conceived the idea of ​​the event of road speed. He set the length of the stadium at Olympia in 600 feet, he put his brothers, the Curetes, compete and crowned the winner with olive branch.

This tradition naturally leads to Ideon Hercules of Crete after siblings are Kouretes and characterizes the antiquity of the sport in the prehistoric era. Homer (Il. Y 740 et seq) says the track event among races conducted by Achaeans and where winner Odysseus emerged.

Over the centuries many items were forgotten, but not the huge Olympic Korivos who was inspired athletic ideal in many clubs with greater example Olympiacos Piraeus that the emblem depicting Korivos inspiration of one of its founders, the aviator hero Noti Canberra.